Department for Transport: Audio and visual funding for buses will make journeys accessible for all

29 October 2019
Source: The Department for Transport

• £2million to provide audio and visual equipment for buses to improve journeys for everyone including those with visual or hearing impairment • DfT launches new communications campaign ‘It’s everyone’s journey’ to improve disabled people’s experiences on public transport • Call for partners to sign up to the campaign and join partners already supporting it including British Airways, LNER and

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Department for Transport: Disabled people to benefit from better journeys thanks to service station funding

24 September 2019
Source: The Department for Transport

• Government awards 22 Motorway Service Areas funding for Changing Places toilets • Second round of funding, extended to include A-Roads, launched by Department for Transport • Next in series of improvements by the Secretary of State for Transport to create a more accessible transport network, helping disabled people travel safely and with confidence Journeys will be easier and more

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House of Commons Transport Committee publish their report into Pavement Parking

10 September 2019
Source: The Transport Select Committee

The Transport Select Committee is a cross-party group of MPs in the House of Commons who scrutinise the work of the Department for Transport. They recommend a ban on pavement parking across England and an awareness campaign about the negative impacts of pavement parking. Read the full report here Vision UK support this call and the work of our members

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Association of Optometrists response to Government Road Safety Statement 2019

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22 July 2019
Source: Association of Optometrists

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) welcomes the Government’s commitment to consider mandatory eyesight tests for older drivers, set out in The Road Safety Statement 2019 published today. The report and action plan, released by the Department for Transport, addresses a host of road safety issues including medical fitness to drive. It rightly highlights the importance of good eyesight for road

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Department of Transport: Review of Blue Badge fraud as scheme is extended to those with ‘hidden disabilities’

18 June 2019
Source: Department for Transport

• Blue Badge scheme to be extended to people who have less visible disabilities, making journeys more accessible • This change to the scheme is the biggest in nearly 50 years with the extended criteria coming into force on 30 August. • Review also launched into Blue Badge fraud and ways of reducing misuse. People with hidden disabilities will soon

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Disability Rights UK: Automated vehicles could offer greater mobility to more disabled people

12 November 2018
Source: Disability Rights UK

The Department for Transport is consulting on future law changes for the safe use of automated vehicles in the UK. The consultation suggests that, in future, cars with automated driving systems will not have drivers but instead a “user-in-charge” who would need to be ready to take control of a vehicle in situations where automation is likely cause an accident.

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DFT: Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: Future of Mobility Grand Challenge

1 August 2018

On the 30th of July the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles launched a package of announcements that will form one of the first public outputs from the Future of Mobility Grand Challenge – a key part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy. Innovation in UK science and engineering is driving the profound change taking place in how we move people,

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Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC) views on the shared space initiative and recommendations to DfT.

12 July 2018
Source: Department for Transport: Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee

Document contains: the background to the ‘shared space’ scheme DPTAC’s views on the various documents available recommendations to DfT for future practice Background 1) As we will all be acutely aware, Shared Space is a subject that evokes strong opinions and emotions in the wider disabled community, as evidenced by the number and content of responses to the recent AAP

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